Elizabeth Warren Releases DNA Test
Need more proof that Elizabeth Warren is definitely running for president? If you weren’t sure already then today should remove all doubt. After years of this white woman being mocked for claiming to be Native American, she’s finally released the results of a DNA test.
Senator Elizabeth Warren has released a DNA test that provides “strong evidence’’ she had a Native American in her family tree dating back 6 to 10 generations, an unprecedented move by one of the top possible contenders for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president.
Warren, whose claims to Native American blood have been mocked by President Trump and other Republicans, provided the test results to the Globe on Sunday in an effort to defuse questions about her ancestry that have persisted for years. She planned an elaborate rollout Monday of the results as she aimed for widespread attention.
The analysis of Warren’s DNA was done by Carlos D. Bustamante, a Stanford University professor and expert in the field who won a 2010 MacArthur fellowship, also known as a genius grant, for his work on tracking population migration via DNA analysis.
He concluded that “the vast majority” of Warren’s ancestry is European, but he added that “the results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor.”
According to Bustamante’s calculations, Warren may have had a Native American ancestor “in the range of 6-10 generations ago,” which means that she could be anywhere from 1/32nd Native American to 1/512th Native American. Warren certainly took this test and released the results thinking that they bolster her past claims of Native American heritage. But, as I wrote seven months ago, whether she has a tiny fraction of Native American DNA really isn’t the point. Warren’s supporters will take the position that this test vindicates her, never mind the fact Warren is predominantly of European ancestry and her Native heritage might be even less than she claimed. Warren, by her own telling, would be no more than 1/32nd Cherokee. As far as I’m concerned, this test was unnecessary.
No matter how much Cherokee blood runs through her veins, she is a white woman. But, the issue is not whether she is 3.125 percent Cherokee. The issue is whether Warren, a white woman, abused the spirit of affirmative action policies to advance her career. That she claimed Native American heritage is not up for debate. In fact, it is well documented. Harvard Law School cited her as an example of a minority woman professor. “Although the conventional wisdom among students and faculty is that the Law School faculty includes no minority women,” wrote the Harvard Crimson in 1996, “Professor of Law Elizabeth Warren is Native American.” Why did they cite her as an example of the school’s progress in achieving diversity in hiring? Because she identified herself as a Native American in an Association of American Law Schools teachers directory.